5 Things to Do in Memphis This Weekend: 1/17 – 1/19
Happy Friday Memphis. Here are 5 things you won't want to miss this weekend.
But first, here's a lovely artsty night shot at Memphis College of Art via @billsimmers on Instagram.
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a handful of Memphis music artists are coming together for a three-day event filled with performances, collaboration, and celebration. Rock, punk, rap, and reggae artists will perform at the Friday night concert (there will be a live rap battle, too). Saturday night, Memphis Hip-Hop Unplugged will perform with a live band. Sunday night is the DreamFest finale party at the Rumba Room, featuring Memphis Queens Hustle and Flow. For more info, read the Memphis Flyer's full article here.
Opera Memphis is performing Mikado this weekend, but in this version, the traditional Japanese production will be infused with Japanese pop culture like Hello Kitty, Pokemon, anime, and monster movies. On Friday, they'll have a costume contest at intermission (I guarantee you're going to see some awesome cosplay-level getups) and a singer meet-and-greet and dance party after the show. Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. there will be a Japanese cultural festival, including origami and kendo demonstrations and a traditional tea ceremony before the show.
Photo originally appeared here.
On Saturdays, Chucalissa hosts a Family Day, where for the price of admission, the kids can enjoy some extra activities including a museum tour, dart throwing with an atlatl (more on that here) scavenger hunt, tour in a hands-on archeology lab, and crafts. This week they're hosting a sports program and snake painting.
4. Living the Legacy of Nonviolence Grassroots Gala, First Congo, Saturday, 6 p.m., $10 suggested donation for general admission, $30 for banquet, ages 18 and up (childcare provided if you preregister)
The Mid-South Peace and Justice Center is celebrating 32 years of service and activism with their annual gala. You can purchase a banquet ticket for the seated dinner (there's also a cash bar), and/or come at 7 p.m. to hear former MSPJC director and activist Hubert Val Tol speak. I went last year and met lots of people who dedicate their lives to fighting for equality for all Memphians. If you want to get connected to the grassroots community and also have a good time, head to First Congo on Saturday, and please come say hi if you see me there.
The St. Louis Cardinals are making their annual visit to Memphis on Sunday night. This year’s attendees include former Redbirds Keith Butler, Seth Maness, and Kerry Robinson. Former National League All-Star Andy Benes and the newly-acquired Randal Grichuk will also join the Caravan along with broadcasters and former Cardinals Al Hrabosky and Rick Horto. The players will do a Q&A, then sign autographs for the first 400 kids under 15. There will be complimentary food and drinks, too.
You can always check the calendar for more events if none of these sound like your cup of tea. I'll be adding lots of events to the calendar today, too, so check back again this afternoon if you want.